PHOTO - Nile hippopotamus born at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Jan 15, 2018 in "Kilimanjaro Safaris"

Hippo Birth at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Posted: Monday January 15, 2018 8:27am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's Animal Kingdom is celebrating the birth of a Nile hippopotamus, the first to be born at the park in 13 years. 

Disney announced that the calf was born Saturday night at 10pm to mom Tuma, the gender is still to be determined.

Tuma and her mate Henry were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Nile hippopotamus is a vulnerable species with a declining population, making this birth even more significant.

Look out for Tuma and her calf on Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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awelpjourneysFeb 22, 2018

He's a cutie! Here in Cincinnati we're a little obsessed with hippos and #teamfiona right now, so we are always excited when a new hippo is born.

Walt dFeb 22, 2018

Welcome augustus” I guess this makes us all grand parents ..

Captain BarbossaFeb 22, 2018

Fitting name for a male hippo. Can't wait to see him!

StarWarsGirlFeb 22, 2018

He was out when we were on Safari this month...

MinnieM123Feb 22, 2018

Love the video--Augustus is so cute!! :happy:

wdwmagicFeb 22, 2018

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RiderFeb 10, 2018

From today

RadeksgrlJan 30, 2018

Thanks so much for letting me know!

rhino4evrJan 30, 2018

we were there Saturday morning as well around 10am, and saw both baby and mama. very cute.

DisneyOutsiderJan 30, 2018

Saw the baby hippo on Saturday the 27th in the morning. Was out of the water right next to mother.

prfctlyximprctJan 30, 2018

Saw this on instagram!!! I wanna hug it sos

RadeksgrlJan 29, 2018

Did anyone happen to see the baby hippo this past weekend or today? I was there on Friday (Jan 26) but didn't see the baby. There were hippos out Friday morning, but by mid-afternoon the entire bloat was missing from the left side. Maybe they were finally able to get the baby inside for weight/sex determination? I'd like to try again this week, but only if the baby hippo is back outside.

AEfxJan 21, 2018

With captive hippos, it really is the first 24 hours that are crucial. When they make it past that, his chances are really good. That's why he was out so quickly, whereas other species they don't allow the babies to be in the habitats for some time after birth.

21stampsJan 21, 2018

As long as they don’t choose Fiona.. .I’m sure Disney knows that name is already taken..;). Hyacinth would be perfect.